Balanced effort helps Battle Mountain to win over Coal Ridge |

Balanced effort helps Battle Mountain to win over Coal Ridge

Chris Freud
Vail Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CR B-BALL Guettler KA 12-15-09

EDWARDS, Colorado – Is celebrating the holidays really necessary?

Peace on Earth. Goodwill toward men/all humanity, and could Battle Mountain boys basketball just keep going?

The Huskies continued their surprising start to the season with a 68-57 non-conference win against Coal Ridge Tuesday night to up their record to 4-1 going into the holiday break.

“It’s going to be hard, but we’re going to try to get together. We can have open gyms. We have to keep it up,” said Battle Mountain’s Parker Lathrop, who had a game-high 18 points. “I felt like we had a good preseason last year, but we came out flat when we came back.”

Trying to carry momentum into the CHSAA-mandated holiday break hasn’t been a problem recently for the Huskies, who jumped on the visiting Titans early and then used a 19-7 second quarter to salt away the win.

Balanced scoring was again the key for the Huskies as Robert Weiss, Miguel Copos and Cody Hervert all had eight points each.

Coal Ridge (0-3) almost made a game of it in the third quarter with a 17-5 run to pull within 46-34 before Lathrop restored order with one of his three 3s.

“We had a chance to make it a 10-point game,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “We had a guy have a layup and just missed it. Then they went down and hit a 3. It went from a 10-point game to 15-point game. You never know if you get it down to 10.”

Harvey said that his 3A Titans benefit from playing bigger schools in the area. Eagle Valley beat Coal Ridge, 69-58, earlier this month in Gypsum.

“Both those teams – Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain – are vastly improved,” Harvey said. “They’ve gotten better. These are a good test for us because if we can play with these guys, our league is Aspen, which is very good, and a lot of teams that are even.”

Nathan Terrin led the Titans with 16 points while Andy Smedra had 12.

Coal Ridge hosts Roaring Fork and Gunnison Friday and Saturday in 3A Western Slope League play.

The Coal Ridge girls basketball team broke into the win column for the first time this season with a 60-23 victory at Battle Mountain Tuesday night.

The Titans outscored the Huskies, 19-0, in the second quarter.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, but I don’t think we defended very well either. In the second quarter, our defense picked up,” Coal Ridge coach Rick Schmitz said. “It’s amazing how your shooting picks up because you’re moving. People are cutting. We got a couple of easy baskets out of it. We moved the ball better. We just shot the ball better because of that.”

With 14 points from Carly Cloninger, 11 from Melessa Starbuck and 10 from Tori Verdieck, the Titans moved to 1-2 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Huskies fell to 0-6.

Battle Mountain hosts Castle View, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., while Coal Ridge heads home for Roaring Fork Friday.

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